When Shannon Dorn first heard about Carefree Boat Club, she didnâ€™t even need to hear the whole sales pitch. She was all in!
Her husband, Matthew, is a surgeon with little free time, and they needed a good way to make use of the time he has to have fun and build memories with their three kids. The boat club seemed like a great way to do that.
Five years later, she says, her kids have grown up on the lake; boating is something that defines their childhood â€“ and still provides a great way for the family to be intentional about disconnecting from work and electronics and connecting with each other.
â€œWe love, when people come to visit, taking them out on the lake; itâ€™s the first thing we show them in our area,â€ she says. â€œThe kids love inviting friends, but really the thing we love the most is just being, the five of us, out there together laughing, singing, eating, cutting it up.â€
The Dorns love the boat club so much, they all wanted to add their input. Hereâ€™s what the rest of the family had to say:
“I love spending time with my family and going really fast. It is just the best time ever!â€ â€“ Ashlyn, age 6
“My favorite part is tubing and the new slide boat. Also, I liked it when we camped and rode the boat.” â€“ Luke, age 8
“I love the boat club because you can cast your cares away, relax and just have a great time together.” â€“ Aleah, age 11
“We like to get lost in a cove, put the cell phones down and float! Gives you a chance to be a kid again. Getting out on the lake allows for uninterrupted time with your kids to enjoy them and watch them as they grow up. I love that the lake is a part of their childhood.” â€“ Dr. Matthew Dorn